Edward L. Meadows, Sr., 95, of Roanoke, went to be with our heavenly Father on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. He was born in Roanoke, Va. on March 27, 1918 and was predeceased by his first wife, Ruth Ethelan Johnson; and his much beloved second wife, Nelle Theron Sowers Meadows. Ed leaves surviving a daughter, Patricia Ann Watson and her husband, Arnold, of Slidell, La.; his son, Edward L. "Roger" Meadows and his wife, Ginger, of Roanoke, Va.; his stepson, Larry G. Sowers and his wife, Linda, of Vero Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, David, Heather, Mathew, Tammy and Tim; great-grandchildren, Louis, Mark Jacob, Samantha, Austin, Scarlett, Eliana, Abigail and Chloe.
Ed was a graduate of Jefferson High School with the class of 1936, he graduated from Roanoke College in 1940 and did his graduate work at the Ohio State University. He served four years in the United States Air Force during World War II and continued his service to our country for 13 years with the Army Reserves attaining the rank of Major. After the war he graduated from Duke University Law School in 1948. He retired as Chief Claim Agent from Norfolk & Western Railway Co. after 34 years of dedicated service.
Ed had a great love of book collecting and had a love for gardening. He was a teacher and Elder in the Presbyterian Church. He himself would want to thank Drs. Dan Camden and Rick Prokopchak for their care over the last years of his life. Ed's family would like to give a heartfelt thank-you to Home Instead and especially Ron Leftwitch, Jackie Williams, Jessica Garcia and of course his special friend Carmen Khokham.
Friends are welcome to call Friday, February 21, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel, 6732 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, where a service celebrating Ed's Life will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in Oakey's Chapel with Rev. John Cochran officiating. Interment Evergreen Burial Park. Online condolences may be sent to www.oakeys.com.